The West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO) has tasked member states to implement effectively the One Health approach to help prevent, prepare for, detect and respond to outbreaks.
The head, epidemic and public health laboratory services, WAHO, Dr. Abdourahmane Sow said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja, during the commemoration of the 2022 World One Health Day.
Science Nigeria reports that today is the seventh annual One Health Day, a global campaign that celebrates and brings attention to the need for a One Health approach to address shared health threats at the human-animal-environment interface.
It is commemorated every November 3.
Sow said that OneHealth is a unifying approach to balance and optimise the health of people, animals and the environment.
He said that by working together, stakeholders and partners can collectively mitigate the spread of infectious pathogens.
“These efforts will not only contribute to the prevention of future epidemics and pandemics but overall help to build more resilient and equitable environments, societies and economies,” he said.
Sow added that the rising temperatures mean diseases can thrive in new areas, while the movement of people can spread zoonotic diseases.
“Humans, animals and the environment are all connected. We must create solutions that address all three,” he urged.
According to him, WAHO will continue to play its regional coordination [role].
Recall that the World Health Organisation (WHO) said 60 per cent of diseases in the world are zoonotic. Also, 1.3 billion people rely on livestock for their livelihoods, while healthier animals have fewer carbon emissions. Human, animal and environmental health are connected.